Sunday, 30 June 2013

Yuck

I hate tomatoes. I think they taste gross and have a weird texture and make everything else icky. But perhaps your 12th scale dolls don't mind them. So just in case, I made some miniature tomatoes to fulfil their needs. Personally, I'll skip them!

 
As you can see from the cent, they are teeny tiny!
 

Friday, 28 June 2013

One week left!

A little reminder that I will be picking the winner of my giveaway competition in one week's time! In order to stand a chance of winning this 12th scale dollhouse miniature banoffee pie prep set, please comment on the post from the 19th June, not this post!


Up for grabs: banoffee pie prep table

I'll be picking a winner at random on July 5th.

Please remember, these dollhouse miniatures are not toys, and are neither intended nor suitable for young children due to small parts.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Making Leeks

I had a leek-making marathon recently. Leeks are one of those miniatures whereby the technique to make them means you can never make just one or two. It takes such a long time to get the shading right, that once you've managed it, you'd better make as many as you can! I follow a tutorial by Angie Scarr for making leeks. I don't quite follow all her instructions, but it's a good place to begin.
 
 
Here is my 'Skinner Shade' greens and white a few rolls in. I don't own a pasta machine, so getting the green and white to merge gradually takes me a LONG time.
 

Here it is a few rolls later, looking a bit more blended but not quite there yet.
 
 
Here is my leek cane, ready to be sliced up and made into miniature leeks. 
 
 
And here are lots of finished leeks, as well as leeks in progress. Constructing the leeks probably takes just as long as making the leek cane. It is just inescapably fiddly!
 
 
And here are a couple of uses to which I put my miniature leeks.
 
Leek Earrings
 
Veggie Stew in 12th Scale
 
So if you want some miniature leeks made by Little Time Wasters, now's the time, because I won't be making anymore until next year!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Treasured

It's nice to be featured in a treasury, but I especially like it when it's a mixture of crafts as it's good to squeeze our miniatures in there and get out to a wider, non-suspecting audience! Can you spot the miniature straight off?
 

Friday, 21 June 2013

Half scale Greenleaf dollhouses - why do you torment me so?

My current dollhouse lust is directed at the half inch scale Greenleaf dollhouse kits. I love them all, but here are my favourites:
 
Half Scale Buttercup


Half Scale Arthur

Half Scale Jefferson


But here is the problem - they aren't available in the UK. I looked all over the internet and I couldn't find a UK based supplier anywhere. There are a few if you want one inch scale (12th scale), but I would absolutuely love a half inch scale dollhouse. Partly because I just don't have space for a one inch scale one, but mostly because I think they're so cute in that size. I enquired directly with Greenleaf how much shipping to the UK would be, and was sad to find out it's more (a lot more) than the cost of the actual dollhouse. I'm not surprised by this, but it makes it really not economic for me to buy from the USA. Boo!

If anyone knows of any UK based supplier of these half scale kits, please comment and let me know. In the meantime, feel free to share your own half inch scale creations based on these kits so I can become even more jealous. Did I say jealous? I meant inspired!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Giveaway time! Win a dollhouse miniature banoffee pie prep table!

In celebration of my soon to be 4 year anniversary on Etsy, I've decided to do a giveaway competition! Up for grabs is this 12th scale banoffee pie prep table I made a while ago. It has been sitting at my mini-making station for ages, and it needs a proper home.

Up for grabs: a 12th scale dollhouse miniature table prep set
 This 12th scale (one inch scale) set includes a table covered in everything a doll would need to make a delicious banoffee pie, including dough, rolling pin, eggs, bananas, toffee, a jug of milk, flour, sugar, mixing bowl, pie tin and a finished pie. Everything is stuck down except for a few loose bits and pieces underneath the table.

A teeny, tiny, peeled banana

Mmmm banoffee pie!
In order to enter this competition and stand a chance of winning the banoffee pie set, here's what you need to do:

1) Follow my blog.

2) Comment on this post with a suggestion of what miniature dessert I should make next. Feel free to link or re-post this on your own blog or website, although that is not obligatory. I'd be very grateful!

3) Be sure to check back once the competition closes and I announce the winner so I can confirm your shipping address and send you your prize.


The closing date is July 5th. I will take the names of all those who commented on this post and draw one at random. I will announce the winner on this blog, so please check back after that date so you can claim your prize.


I will be shipping worldwide, although please remember that some countries have more reliable postal services than others, and I can't help it if it gets lost in transit. Let's cross our fingers and hope that does NOT happen, it's only happened to me twice in 4 years and 300+ sales on Etsy.

Please remember, these dollhouse miniatures are not toys, and are neither intended nor suitable for young children due to small parts.

Good luck!


Sunday, 16 June 2013

Bad news, good news

The bad news is, I'm not stocked at make+MADE anymore, as sadly make+MADE is no more. It's a great shame because it was a wonderfully sweet, little handmade shop which never really got the chance to show what it could do. It was closed due to personal circumstances and I hope the lovely lady behind it has better luck with whatever her next venture may be.

In good news, I now have an abundance of stock (for once in my life!) and no brick and mortar shops to sell it in, so I've listed a few more pieces than usual on Etsy. And they've got lovely backing cards too! All is not wasted in the land of Little Time Wasters.

Here are some cute little cupcake earrings:
 

 
 
 
 
 
I'm sure you'll agree, this is a truly astounding level of stock by my usual standards!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 14 June 2013

For the Dutch speakers among us.

I noticed on my Etsy stats that I had a random number of hits originating from a Dutch website. Luckily I speak (very limited) Dutch, so I was able to go and look at it, search and find myself! How cool is that?


It's nice to see miniature food featuring in non-miniature settings (especially when I made it!). I still dream of the day I wonder through town and spot someone wearing one of my creations, which is unlikely to happen as most of my customers live in a different country to me. Where was the most random place you ever found one of your creations appearing?

Thursday, 13 June 2013

A dollhouse in a dollhouse?

The idea of putting a dollhouse inside a dollhouse was not a totally crazy idea to me. After all, why wouldn't a 12th scale girl want her own dollhouse to play with. But I had always assumed such a dollhouse would just look like one. 12th scale inside of 12th scale - otherwise known as 144th scale would be so impossibly tiny, such a house couldn't be filled with furniture and interior decor like a 12th scale house would be.

But one quick search on Etsy showed how wrong I was. Take a look at some of these amazing 144th scale handmade miniatures.


144th scale dollhouse by WhimsyCottageMinis
Pretty but is there more than meets the eye?
Yes there is! And the whole thing measures
1 3/4" wide by 2 1/2" tall by 1 7/8" deep.
 
Village Pub by InSomeSmallWayMinis


I love the tiny snooker tables!

You can even buy accesories to decorate your 144th scale house. I am amazed by these tiny things!
 
SDK Miniatures
 

Monday, 10 June 2013

Making the Squirrel Tree Part 4

I've begun to make and accumulate stuff for the inside of the Squirrel Tree. I made this little bathroom sink from seashells, a twig, some fimo and superglue. It all survived the oven surprisingly well. Eventually I intend to put a little toothbruch in the twirly shell (or whatever the technical term is) and some soap in the cockle.
 
 
This 1/24th scale toilet was made by FairyFurnishings who I found on Etsy. They usually make 1/12th scale fantasy items, but I requested this smaller scale and they were very willing to oblige with a custom listing. It's much cuter in real life than my photo shows, and the little toilet lid even opens and closes. I love little details like that.

 
And here's a critter I made from a snail shell (well cleaned out) and some fimo. He/she (snails are hermaphrodites dontcha know) isn't glued in place, so he could turn up almost anywhere. I like to think of him as the squirrels' pet.




Friday, 7 June 2013

Does this count towards my 5 a day?

Following on from my salad related post, here is a cute little salad bowl ring I made a while ago. I'm hoping that looking down at such a pretty little bowl of vegetables (I'm aware that tomatoes and cucumbers are technically fruit) will make whoever wears it more likely to remember to eat their 5 a day. If not, at least it's cute!
 



All prettily presented in its ring box, if only I could work out
how to not block out my name!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Summer Salads

Summer is hopefully just around the corner, and my veggie crop will be in full growing
season soon. Now's the time to enjoy some fresh summer salads. And to inspire me to make some beautiful miniature veg, here are some lovely examples of vegetable goodness. Click on the pictures to view the original photos and websites.


It's got flowers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And finally, this is what I hope my garden will look like in a couple of weeks!
 
 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Pizza Party

I've been making some pizza themed jewellery recently. And here it is, complete with exciting, super duper professional presentation cards. My favourite part is the little slice of tomato.
 
Pizza Dangle Earrings
 
Pizza Dangle Earrings
 
Pizza Necklace
 
Pizza Stud Earrings

Pizza Stud Earrings